6 Ways to Minimize Overall Stress in Times of Transition

Posted on June 17, 2015

Much as we might like to at least keep all non-transitional stress out of our lives at such times, holding such an unrealistic expectation will only create more stress. However, taking precautions against stress in other areas of life does reduce our overall stress levels — thus helping protect our minds and bodies from the worst effects.

Below are six ways to minimize stress in times of transition:

1. Expect some deviations from “business as usual.”

Transition comes with increased interruptions, multiple learning curves, and a host of new responsibilities. If your “normal” schedule is loaded with commitments, don’t think that because you have always found it manageable and even exhilarating, you can keep up the same pace now. “Just a few more things” add up quickly, and “new” things always take longer to finish than you’d expect; you can frustrate yourself into major depression trying to keep up.

2. Keep your routine as regular as possible.

Your mind needs the comfort of the familiar, especially now. Don’t make more changes in your overall life than are necessary. Go to bed and get up at the usual times; keep your favorite leisure activity on the daily list; continue with your exercise schedule.

3. Get plenty of sleep.

Rest is vital to keeping at top function through the stresses of transition. If “I can’t sleep for excitement/worry” is becoming a problem, add a relaxing evening ritual (such as a hot bath, a cup of herbal tea, and some soft music) to your last waking hour of the day.

4. Eat healthy.

Caffeine and fatty foods will only exacerbate stress feelings and decrease your ability to manage effectively. If you must eat on the road, go to a deli instead of a hamburger shop — and eat inside the restaurant, not while driving or standing up. (Slower chewing is better for your digestion, too.)

5. Take relaxation breaks.

Once an hour, stand up and stretch, do a few yoga moves and deep-breathing exercises, or look out the window at some natural scenery. You aren’t letting yourself lose time on the important stuff; you’re protecting yourself from burnout and ensuring you will continue to get the important stuff done effectively.

6. Draw a firm line between what you can and can’t control.

It’s hard to say which causes more stress and concurrent mental problems: feeling that one “has” to do things that one could in fact say no to, or raging against things that no one can undo on command. First, take a few deep breaths, and then remind yourself that some things are beyond your control.

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Source material from Psychcentral